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Wrestling Negativity

Whenever I read a blog or a news article, or view a video online, I always read the comments below it because I learn so much about the social climate of people and places that way. But I am also disturbed by most of what I read because the overwhelming majority of it is purely negative.

As someone who has lived most of my life in negativity, bitterness and anger, I can only shake my head and sigh over these comments by people who share my curse. It does seem to be a societal one and hard for people like us to get past.

But I am learning to get past it. And part of that has been learning to embrace the power in examples of simple belief, hope and positivity. As a result, my most recent experience is that you really can change your life – most importantly, the quality of your life – by simply changing your perspective. By changing your Mind. (more…)

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The Threat of the Small Business Renaissance

I have noticed what appears to be a corporate-driven government backlash to the rise of small business and entrepreneurship that has come about in response to the economic difficulties we are all facing.

American ingenuity is showing its head and apparently that is threatening to the powers that be. We can’t get jobs? Fine, we’ll figure out how to make money on our own, because it’s necessary. But now there are a whole slew of new taxes, new regulations, new barriers that serve no real purpose except to make it hard, or even impossible, for people like you and me to run their own small businesses profitably. (more…)

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Book Review – JOBLESS by Alan De Keyrel

JOBLESS (how to quit your day job and begin your climb to the top)

by Alan De Keyrel

As soon as I opened Alan De Keyrel’s book JOBLESS (how to quit your day job and begin your climb to the top) I knew I had to read it. JOBLESS proved to be one of those can’t-put-it-down reads.

This is not a thick book, but it is dense with substance. The layout is open and inviting. De Keyrel employs a highly readable, friendly and conversational writing style, and his book is filled with his own personal experiences as a struggling – and eventually prospering – small business owner. His story is real and immediately accessible which is why his message hits home so strongly: We Can Relate. In fact, you will see yourself and your business more clearly than you ever have before. (more…)

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Book Review – Becoming a Manager by Linda A. Hill

Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership

by Linda A. Hill

People tend to naturally lean toward the dynamics of leadership, or the structure of management. Only rarely are both talents innately present in equal measure, but both are necessary to some degree in each capacity. As a management position is likely in my future at some point, I want to better understand how management differs from leadership, how aspects of supervision and management compare, and how one can balance leadership aptitudes with management skills. (more…)

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